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Do Juniors even need to know the rules of golf?

This is a question that I was once asked by someone who claimed that children should just have fun and don't need to know the rules.  

Having been a parent of sporty children I understand what angle they are coming from but in my experience as a Junior golfer it actually was important to know the rules as there was always a member that was quick to tell you what you were doing wrong and seemed to also take delight in telling you.  So when the other day this happened it made me realise that junior golfers do need to know them and this is why?


A junior who was playing the new rules left the flagstick in on the putting green and played a lovely 6ft putt straight into the hole but as the flagstick was in the ball was trapped and hadn't fully dropped to the bottom.  A rather 'helpful' parent came over and said that's not in the hole because it hasn't dropped and made the boy add another shot to his card.  

As you probably know the parent was wrong in the first place not only for interfering but also for telling him the wrong ruling as part of the ball was actually under the lip of the hole so was actually classed as in the hole.

This upset the junior and didn't play very well for the rest of the round.  The point I'm making is it does have to be fun and yes too many rules do spoil a game but if we teach juniors the rules from a young age they become part of the game and don't necessary feel like you're being tripped up or tricked into breaking a rule.


Just like any other sport there are rules which enable you to play the game fairly but at the same time we need to introduce them in a non regimented way so it always feels like fun. 

 The benefits of having a basic knowledge of the rules can help with the speed of play as they know what to do and gives them the confidence to stand up and say actually this is the rule.

The only downside is they may know the rules better than the adults or even the #professionals........

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  • Janine on

    You are so right, I think they will absorb them better than most adults. šŸ˜‰

  • Pam Brooke on

    Of course they should know the rules. They can save shots as well as lose them, but they are their own referee and should not rely on parents who do not always right. They wouldn’t play football without know the “off side” rule, so why think they can play golf without knowing the elements of the game. These things come naturally to them and I think we should give them credit for their ability to absorb rules as well as hitting some fantastic shots.

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